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2018 Conference

Each year we hold an annual conference in London where key industry professionals come together to tackle the most pressing challenges faced within economic development, with a view to building a more sustainable environment in order to harbour true economic growth. Keynote speakers in recent years have included Lord Heseltine, Sir Vince Cable, Sir John Peace and Will Hutton.

We are pleased to announce that our annual conference this year will be supported by Regen Events.

The 2018 Annual Conference takes place at the prestigious BMA House in central London. This first-class venue is ideally situated within walking distance of both Euston and King's Cross stations.

Our prestigious confirmed speaker roster from across the UK includes: Will Hutton, Professor Michael Parkinson, Jackie Sadek, Sir Howard Bernstein, Professor Cathy Parker, Sir John Peace, Zoe Webster, Director AI and Data Economy, Innovate UK and Ben Taylor, CEO Rainbird Technologies as well as many more speakers who are experts in their fields.

For more information on the conference agenda and details on how to book, please click here.

2017 Conference

On the 23rd November we held our Annual Conference at the ILEC in London and it was another successful event!

On the day we enjoyed speeches from the likes of Matthew Parris, Times Columnist; Sir Edward Lister, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency and Lord Jim O'Neil, Ex Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and Former Chief Economist of Goldman Sachs. The event was our most interactive to date and we held round table diccussions and practical 'how to' sessions.

The even was an invaluable opportunity for networking too. Read on for some of the feedback on the day:

“Very informative”

“Great chance to catch up with colleagues and compare notes”

“A great opportunity to meet colleagues passionate about economic development”

“Very interesting event - good balance of issues discussed. Engaging format”

“Very useful event with good networking opportunities”


“Some time since I have attended an IED event, now considering joining, so must have triggered a positive response. I enjoyed it, good balance of content and well organised.”

“Excellent, 3rd year running looking forward to next year!”

“Well grounded wisdom speeches. Excellent focus on the North and that is why more regional events”

“Very insightful and a good range of well informed speakers, I learnt something new from each one.”

“A timely and welcome authoritative update on current economic growth matters”

IED North Conference 10 May 2017

In May 2017 we also held an IED North Conference in Manchester. This was a hugely successful event which received very positive feedback from delegates.


“Consistently a great event. Well-managed, knowledgeable speakers and a tremendous opportunity to network with your peer group”

“Relevant and well organised”

“Thought-provoking and interesting. Left with as many answers as new questions”

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